Reflections on the Buddhist Four Noble Truths with Ajahn Dhammasiha
The Buddha delivered his first formal teaching, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, on Āsāḷhā Full Moon. When he expounded the Middle Way and the Four Noble Truths, Ven Aññā Kondañño was the first one to realize the Dhamma and to see that "Whatever is subject to origination is also subject to cessation".
This full moon also marks the beginning of the yearly 3 months 'Rains Retreat' ('Vassa') for the monks.
Ajahn Dhammasiha offers reflections on the 4 Noble Truths (Cattāro Ariyasaccāni). He emphasizes that the four noble truths are an eminently practical teaching, not some philosophical system of mere thoughts and ideas, but a meditative technique to apply in our heart to free us from all pain and suffering. Therefore, each of the 4 Noble Truths has a duty attached to it, advising us what we actually should do with it.